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Lifetime Fitness Program

The Lifetime Fitness Program is pleased to partner with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and extends discounts to OLLI members.

Sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Program


older woman walking on a track

Originally founded by Professor T.K. Cureton, the University of Illinois Adult Fitness Program has the distinction of being the first University-based adult fitness program in the world. Professor Cureton established the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory in 1944 and the Adult Fitness Program was established shortly afterwards in order to examine the effects of exercise and physical activity on health and effective functioning. Since Dr. Cureton's retirement, the Adult Fitness Program has continued to support the Department of Kinesiology's research, teaching, and service mission. Now known as the Lifetime Fitness Program, the program is directed by Professor Ken Wilund, an exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilund has expertise in clinical exercise physiology, renal and cardiovascular physiology. Specifically, he conducts research regarding the effects that exercise and dietary modifications have on the development or progression of cardiovascular disease and other related metabolic disorders in chronic kidney disease patients.

Mission and Purpose

The program's primary emphasis is to provide opportunities for:

  1. structured group or individualized fitness activities;
  2. cognitive understanding of the principles and techniques of fitness activities;
  3. a supportive non-competitive atmosphere;
  4. a pool of research subjects for study of selected aspects of physical activity and health for adults;
  5. an avenue for continued adherence to a physically active lifestyle after completion of exercise intervention studies within the Department of Kinesiology.


Adults 55 and over residing in the Urbana-Champaign area may participate in the Lifetime Fitness Program. The exercises and physical activity opportunities are designed to develop overall improvement in health, fitness and performance of activities of daily living.


Activities include structured supervised walking/jogging, stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands, weight training using free weights and plate-loaded equipment, and pool activities (swimming, water exercises, volleyball). New activities may be included, as participants desire, to vary their modes of exercise. You may participate in any or all activities each day. We welcome individuals with all fitness levels.

Structured Group Activities:

M-W-F schedule
6:45–7:10am Stretch
7:15–7:40am Strength
7:45–8:10am Balance
8:15–8:40am Pool activities (water exercise, volleyball)

T-R schedule
6:45–7:10am Aerobics
7:15–7:40am Core Training
7:45–8:10am Yoga
8:15–8:45am Flow Motion

Individual Training Programs:

6:30–9:00am Walk/jog or exercise independently
6:30–9:00am Weight Training
7:30–9:00am Pool activities (M-W-F only)

girl stretching before exercise


Directed by Professor Ken Wilund, the staff is comprised of graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois. In addition, undergraduate Kinesiology students work with the program to develop fitness instructional skills.


The Lifetime Fitness Program is housed in Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) - 1102 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana.

Program Dates

Participants are admitted at any time on a semester (fall, spring or summer) or yearly basis. The program runs concurrently with the academic schedule of the University of Illinois. The program is scheduled Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Participation Requirements

Participation in the program requires the following:


  1. an annual medical clearance form completed and signed by a physician selected by the enrollee;
  2. legal release signed by the enrollee;
  3. completion of forms concerning selected background information;

    Medical Release Form

  4. payment of fee(s).


Full Year: $275.00
Academic Year: $225.00
Semester: $112.50
Summer: $50.00
OLLI members receive 20% discount
Make checks payable to: University of Illinois Lifetime Fitness Program.


Lockers are available for daily use. Participants must supply their own towel.

When using the CRCE facility, participants must provide their own lock, towel and toiletries.

For more information please contact:

Department of Kinesiology
Ken Wilund, PhD
Tel: 217-244-6253
Send an Email to LFP

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